HomeNewsArticle Display

AF presents Fisher House award to TAPS

Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James stands with, from left, John Wood, chairman of the TAPS board; David Coker, president of the Fisher House Foundation; Bonnie Carroll, founder of TAPS; Brian Gawe, vice president for Fisher House community relations; and TAPS member Ellen Andrews. (U.S. Air Force photo/Scott M. Ash)

Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James stands with, from left, John Wood, the chairman of the TAPS board; David Coker, the president of the Fisher House Foundation; Bonnie Carroll, the founder of TAPS; Brian Gawe, the vice president for Fisher House community relations; and TAPS member Ellen Andrews. (U.S. Air Force photo/Scott M. Ash)

Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James congratulates Bonnie Carroll, the founder and president of the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors, during a ceremony honoring Carroll with the Zachary and Elizabeth Fisher Distinguished Civilian Humanitarian Award in the Pentagon, Dec. 1, 2015. (U.S. Air Force photo/Scott M. Ash)

Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James congratulates Bonnie Carroll, the founder and president of the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors, during a ceremony honoring Carroll with the Zachary and Elizabeth Fisher Distinguished Civilian Humanitarian Award in the Pentagon Dec. 1, 2015. (U.S. Air Force photo/Scott M. Ash)

Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James, center, congratulates Bonnie Carroll, the founder and president of the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors, during a ceremony honoring Carroll with the Zachary and Elizabeth Fisher Distinguished Civilian Humanitarian Award in the Pentagon, Dec. 1, 2015. With James and Carroll are TAPS members who attended the ceremony. (U.S. Air Force photo/Scott M. Ash)

Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James, center, congratulates Bonnie Carroll, the founder and president of the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors, during a ceremony honoring Carroll with the Zachary and Elizabeth Fisher Distinguished Civilian Humanitarian Award in the Pentagon Dec. 1, 2015. With James and Carroll are TAPS members who attended the ceremony. (U.S. Air Force photo/Scott M. Ash)

WASHINGTON (AFNS) -- Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James presented the 2014 Zachary and Elizabeth Fisher Distinguished Civilian Humanitarian Award to the founder and president of the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors in a ceremony at the Pentagon Dec. 1.

Bonnie Carroll established TAPS in 1994 as a nonprofit, charitable organization that provides ongoing peer-based emotional support to those grieving the death of someone who died while serving in the armed forces. The organization brings survivors together with others who have experienced a similar loss for comfort, healing and hope. The program offers a 24/7 helpline, a network of volunteers and resources, quarterly publications, children and adult retreats, and more -- all of which are free to the survivor.

“For the past 11 years, TAPS has extended their arms to embrace our survivors, their children, family and friends with support, compassion and love, regardless of where or how their loved one died,” James said. “TAPS’s mission to provide ongoing peer-based emotional support to those grieving the loss of a fallen service member underwrites the sacred trust placed in the Department of Defense and the commitment to take care of our troops and their families.”

The award, established in 1996, was named in honor of Zachary and Elizabeth Fisher, both of whom contributed extensively to the support and welfare of members of the U.S. armed forces and their families. The award is presented to an organization or individual who has demonstrated exceptional patriotism and humanitarian concern for members of the armed forces or their families.

“Bonnie has comforted the hearts and lifted the lives of thousands of families across the country,” James said. “Her strength and generosity are testament to the enduring human spirit. I am so fortunate, so lucky it was my turn to preside over this ceremony today and present this award to such a deserving organization and to a woman who’s very near and dear to my heart.”

Carroll said she was honored and humbled to be recognized with the award.

“This is the organization none of us wanted to be a part of, that we wish didn’t exist, but it is a family where those loved ones of our nation’s fallen heroes can find hope, comfort, support and care,” Carroll said.

“I accept this honor very humbly on behalf of what is today a magnificent organization,” she continued. “We’re so proud that you as the military have allowed us to be your shipmates, to be your teammates, to be your battle buddies. It is a beautiful partnership; it is a family affair and I am so deeply honored to accept this tremendously prestigious award on behalf of all of our families.”

The next TAPS outreach event is a survivor seminar and Good Grief Camp in Phoenix, Arizona, on Dec. 4. For more information, visit their website at www.taps.org.

Engage

Facebook Twitter
Jetting into the weekend like... #F16 https://t.co/wEWD7vr476
.@AstroHague showing his #USAF pride during the anniversary week of the #Apollo50 landing. @ISS_Researchhttps://t.co/WdgCFDmz6f
'Only two of us were not shot or dying': #USAF #Airman receives Silver Star for heroism in Afghanistan heroism… https://t.co/IdmKq8gtDx
RT @AFResearchLab: Dr. Lisa Rueschhoff was one of 82 engineers chosen to attend @theNAEng 2019 U.S. Frontiers of Engineering Symposium! Sh…
RT @ActingSecAF: .@GenDaveGoldfein is bolstering partners & #allies across Europe, discussing how we can be #StrongerTogether in air, #spac
Annual recovery efforts have helped to identify 40 of the 52 service members lost when a C-124 crashed into Mount G… https://t.co/fdHUY2IATf
8 of the surviving #Apollo #Astronauts got together for the 50th anniversary of the #moonlanding. @NASAhttps://t.co/szPJHXupa1
RT @HQUSAFEPA: Gen. Goldfein, during his keynote address at the 2019 Chief of the Air Staff's Air and Space Power Conference said the follo…
.@WrightPattAFB opened a #cyberdefense facility for #USAF Life Cycle Management Center's Fighters & Bombers Directo… https://t.co/QibdORLX2q
RT @GenDaveGoldfein: Our asymmetric advantage is represented in this room. It is all of us working together on a common cause. Great to see…
.@AFResearchLab supports @AFThunderbirds w/cutting-edge aerospace #technology. From G-suits, custom earpieces, fly-… https://t.co/HJ07fLg2aP
Operating from rough dirt strips, the #C130 Hercules is capable of transporting & airdropping troops & equipment in… https://t.co/c4vsC76vRX
Tune into @TheWilsonCenter July 18, 2019 at 8:05 a.m. (EDT) to hear #USAirForce Lt. Gen. Bussiere, @USNorthernCmd A… https://t.co/M2LTH8wpx5
.@DMAFB #Airmen traveled more than 1700 miles to save two critically injured Mexican fishermen onboard the Mazatun… https://t.co/tcTnNPC8Zj
RT @KadenaAirBase: #ICYMI: #TeamKadena will be activating a new special operations squadron for the operation and maintenance of the #CV22
#OTDIH, The B-2 Spirit's inaugural test flight happened from Palmdale to @EdwardsAFB, #California. The B-2 Spirit i… https://t.co/bS7ODGlxsP
.@HAFB #Airmen conduct #F35 missions while temporary assigned to @366FW. This is the largest off-station F-35A Li… https://t.co/KlbXq7jBLg
RT @MacDill_AFB: CSM John W. Troxell has our #TotalForce team here at MacDill feeling empowered! 😎💪 Thanks for visiting our service members…
.@NellisAFB plans to roll out shorts for maintenance technicians to wear on the flight line in the scorching Nevada… https://t.co/fcavaNG112
⚡️ “RAF Lakenheath breaks ground on future F-35 infrastructure” by @usairforce https://t.co/wiOjMMONZD